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Osprey tracking update – FR3 joins sibling in the Gambia!

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FR3 has wasted no time since last week and I’m delighted to report has arrived safely in the Gambia.

In the space of five days our young osprey has crossed three deserts: the Western Sahara, Akchar and Trarza; passed through the whole of Mauritania and most of Senegal, to arrive on the northern bank of the Gambia river, close to the village of Jumansan Koto. As the osprey flies FR3 is now only a short distance of some 30km (20 miles) from sibling FR4!

FR3's progress from 7th-11th October 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR3’s progress from 7th-11th October 2015 ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

Speaking of FR4, there’s little new to report. As you can see from the Google Earth image below, all of FR4’s movements have been within the couple of square kilometres of mangrove swamp on the north bank of the Gambia river. There must be an abundant supply of fish in and around this area at present, meaning FR4 has no reason to travel any further from his roost. This may well change as the dry season, which is just beginning, progresses.

FR4's activity from 7th-10th October ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

FR4’s activity from 7th-10th October ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

Remember, if you would like to view the data in more detail you can do so on our Osprey tracking page  or in Google Earth (for details of how to do this click on the “View in Google Earth” tab on the tracking page.

Jonathan

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